Being part of the Georgia Tech Ph.D. Program in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), I was required to take a breadth of courses in subjects beyond my knowledge of control systems. In addition, the program required me to earn a minor in a technical area outside ECE, thus I decided I would learn more about the processes involved in microtechnology, solar cells, and MEMS for ECE, and chose the field of Aerospace Engineering for my minor. During the first semester (Fall 2009) I completed five of my eight required Ph.D. courses, plus the written part of the qualifier examination, and agreed to work at the Human-Automation Systems Lab with Dr. Ayanna Howard. The load was:
ECE = Electrical and Computer Engineering
AE = Aerospace Engineering
During the academic year 2010-2011, I registered for my last three required courses:
As a side note, I have also found a couple of books that help as guidelines for the expected skills and deliverables to be acquired/developed during what is called the 'doctoral metamorphosis.' These books are the following:
If you know how to swarm in Amazon, then you will find many other good books. I hope that other doctoral students find these helpful as well.
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